Happy Wednesday friends! Today we’re going to celebrate Christmas in July with our Day in the Life guest! It’s got me thinking about Christmas songs, lights and decorations, cookies…..oh boy. Someone better warn my husband. I may be singing out loud shortly! Thank you to Alexa for sharing one of her characters with us!!
I’m so glad to be back! I’m blessed and honored to be here. Today, I’m happy to feature one day in the life of Ava Davis, the heroine of GABRIEL’S SECRET by yours truly, Alexa Verde (pre-order special $0.99).
Unlike her relatives, who either joined the lucrative jewelry business or became thieves, rookie cop Ava Davis chose public service. Sent undercover on her first assignment to catch a notorious thief expected at the hotel in Christmas Tyme, Colorado, Ava intends to prove the police didn’t make a mistake by hiring her. With her family history looming over her, she doesn’t have time to reconnect with her childhood friend and first crush, Gabriel Lark.
After being wrongfully accused, former cop Gabriel wants nothing to do with the police and longs for restful holidays. But when a series of thefts at the hotel threaten his new livelihood, he needs Ava’s help to find the thief. Once deceived, can he trust her?
Then an extravagant hotel guest is murdered, her jewels missing, and Ava is attacked… Can Ava and Gabriel solve their issues-and the mystery-before Christmas? And all before something from Gabriel’s past can destroy his and Ava’s future…
A Day in the Life of Ava Davis
My work day starts with vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing showers. Argh. If you could see my messy apartment, you’d know that cleaning is so not my thing. But as a maid at the Christmas Tyme Hotel (don’t ask) I learn to change bed sheets and dust furniture quickly and efficiently while watching out for any suspicious activity. Huh. I didn’t expect my new life to be like this. Oh no! When I returned to my hometown after traveling the world for the family business and started working for— Well, never mind.
After a few hours, my day gets more exciting. I discover that one of our most demanding guests (really, why would anyone request a bath full of champagne?) is lying about some important things. Then my childhood friend and first crush, Gabriel Lark, reappears in my life and starts by dragging me to the police station. And all that before lunch!
He thinks he has a good reason for it, but his distrust hurts. Especially considering I missed him so much all the years away from him… I tuck my pain away and keep my chin up. I remind myself that Christmas is about God sending His Son to save humankind from sin. It’s about God’s grace and mercy.
Then there’s a theft at the hotel! I loved sleuthing since I was a kid. I think it’s up to me and Gabriel, who is a security officer at the hotel now, to find the culprit and prevent future thefts. It doesn’t matter that my heart beats faster in Gabriel’s presence. After my recent romantic fiasco, I’m not in the market for a relationship, and besides, I never stay in one place for long. Though… Well, no.
One of the highlights of my day is getting home to Lizzie. Lizzie is my pet iguana. Maybe not the best choice for Colorado winters, but I love her. Yes, I talk to her, and though she can’t reply, I think she understands everything. It’s awesome to finally have a pet!
And I have a feeling that something amazing is going to happen this Christmas…
Dear readers! Thank you for letting me share Ava’s day with you. GABRIEL’S SECRET and NOELLE ON THE RUN are part of THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS multi-author series (all books stand alone and are currently on pre-order special $0.99 as part of Christmas in July celebration). Do you like reading Christmas books? Do you have a favorite Christmas book, movie, or song? One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive an ecopy of GABRIEL’S SECRET (to be gifted via BookFunnel). The giveaway is open until 9 p.m. CST July 18, 2018. I look forward to reading your comments!
And huge thanks for having me on your blog!